Live Performance Technology

Introducing ‘Dummy Clips’ into the Performance

For my performance what will try to be implemented are the use of dummy clips. Dummy clips are clips in Ableton, which trigger an effect such as EQ, reverb and compression to a clip that has been created.

The use of dummy clips is used by an Ableton certified trainer called Tom Cosm.

As Cosm states ‘The whole concept behind a dummy clip is that it sits over an audio track, doesn’t actually play any audio whatsoever, but it still allows you to change parameters within something that is on that audio track’.

By including the use of dummy clips in my performance I hope to create a performance that shows off the technology in Ableton and is something that can add to the whole feel of the performance too.

Here is the URL to Tom Cosm’s video on advanced dummy clips –


Live Performance Technology Set-Up

For my live performance I will be playing a Roland V-Drum, drum kit. Instead of using the drum kit’s own presets, I will be using my own presets of different sounds. What I plan on doing is creating and editing sounds on Logic X and then transferring them onto Ableton 9. Ableton 9 will be used as it is a well-known digital audio workstation to use when performing live. Ableton has an interface, which is easy to navigate when playing live as well as having easily assignable and customisable editing features, when used with MDI.

The hardware and software that will be used is before and during the performance will be:

MacBook Pro,

Ableton Live 9,

Logic X,

MIDI to USB converter cables

and Roland V-Drums.